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BACDS December 2010 Electronic Mailing

BACDS sponsors English and American traditional dances in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is fun, relatively easy, community-oriented dancing with live music. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and first-timers are welcome unless otherwise noted.


BACDS Quarterly Calendar

See all the dances and special events for January-March of 2011.


Bay Area Country Dancer, #84 - December 2010

The BACDS newsletter. Catch up on all the local dance news.  In this issue:

  • Catch Spring Fever!
  • Come to the Ball!  A Cautionary Tale (by Barbara Bickerman)
  • BACDS American Dance and Music Camp - The Tradition Continues (by Laura Light)
  • How-to Homestead and Dance in San Francisco
  • Hay Days - English Dance and Music Week (by Brooke Friendly)
  • A Letter to the Editor (by Karin Norlin)
  • From the President (by Jens Dill)
  • Volunteer Thanks
  • Upcoming Winter Events

Dancer #84 PDF issue


Christmas at the Berkeley Experience English series

December 25, 2010, Berkeley

Don't forget - we have a collection of callers and dances just for your holiday enjoyment. 


New Year's Eve at the Palo Alto English

December 31, 2010, Palo Alto

Finish out the year with good cheer and good dancing at the Palo Alto English Country Dance with calling by Sharon Green and fine festvial music from Bill Jensen, Mary Tabor, and Stan & Susan Kramer.  Check out the flyer details and see for what's coming in 1st quarter of 2011.  Happy New Year!


Hambo with Hoffman!

January 29, February 2, March 12, 2011, Palo Alto and Berkeley

Join us for Hambo workshops with Erik Hoffman.  Ever wonder what those people were doing just after the break at contra dances.  Here's your chance to learn this lively challenging Scandinavian dance or just brush up on your skills if you already know how.  Times and locations vary so be sure to check the flyer for details.


Register for the Spring Fever Dance Weekend

March 18-20, 2011, Aptos

Check out the new BACDS Spring Fling Dance Weekend?  Blend the best of American and English dance, with "playshop" workshops that secretly cause you to learn style, technique, and those little flourishes to delight newcomer and experience dancers alike - all that while you're having fun.  Read the front of flyer, then will out the registration form on the back!


Register for the Playford Ball

April 2, 2010, San Jose

t's the season's high event for English Country Dance.  Bob Fraley will delight us as we return to the elegant location at the San Jose Women's Club.  And check out the pre-ball workshops on March 5, and 13, as well as the "rehearsal" dance on April 1st (no fooling!).


American Week - new location, save the dates

July 3-8, 2011, La Honda

Celebrate and share your passions for music and dance during this week long camp in the Mendocino Woodlands, offering a kaleidoscope of dance, music, and learning experiences wrapped in serious fun and heartfelt camaraderie.


Save the dates for English Week

August 21-28, 2011, Mendocino

New dates.  New Location in Wine Country.  Same wonderful camp experience that has been exhilarating campers for more than 20 years!


Looking for more places to dance?

We've compiled a list of Contra and English country dance venues.  Check out our easy-to-use summary with an at-a-glance look at the dancing month (and let us know if we missed any)!


Are you a BACDS member?

Our "rolling" memberships are now good for 12 months from the date you join so you can start enjoying the benefits today.  Be the envy of all your friends, and help support the dance community!


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